This study evaluates the short-term (1.5 year) impacts of a multifaceted livestock transfer and training program in rural Nepal using a randomized control trial (RCT). The program seeks to reduce poverty through group formation, livestock transfers (two doe goats), technical trainings, and values-based training. Values-based training encourages beneficiaries to “pay it forward” (PIF) by providing technical training and the first-born female offspring of their received goats to another individual in their community. We ask three questions: (i) what are the short-term impacts of the program? (ii) are all program components necessary to achieve impact? (iii) is the PIF mechanism effective at spreading impacts?
We find that a goat transfer and training program in Nepal significantly increases financial inclusion and women’s empowerment after 1.5 years. The impact on financial inclusion is the equivalent of moving a median beneficiary to the 60th percentile. The impact on empowerment is the equivalent of moving her to the 65th percentile. These effects are similar for direct beneficiaries and those brought into the program via its PIF component.